Living with Your Inner Gods and Demons: C. G. Jung’s Model of the Psyche
Monday April 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
A conversation with Kenneth Turner, PhD (board member of the Jung Society of the Triangle http://jungnc.org/) Carl Jung, arguably the most important psychologist of the last century, was first a younger colleague, later a rival of Sigmund Freud.
In contrast to Freud’s materialistic model of our human nature, which sought to increase happiness by adjusting us to the demands of society, Jung had a more expanded view of humanity. He sought, not adjustment, but what he termed Individuation, the process of becoming who we were meant to be. He discovered, beyond the personal unconscious that Freud had worked with, a more extensive realm he called the Collective Unconscious – psychic contents and processes common to everybody, everywhere. In this inner world, he found all the myths and ideas of the world.
Our conversation will begin with a short introduction to Jung’s model of the psyche, followed by a description of simple practices anyone can use to explore for themselves whether this approach is useful in managing their own lives. Most of the evening is meant to be interactive, driven by questions and comments of the participants.
Kenneth Turner brings a variety of life experience to his work with people. He earned a PhD in Physics (Princeton, 1962), an MA in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (University of West Georgia, 2007), and passed the National Counselors exam. He has been an astronomer, an administrator, a federal bureaucrat, an executive at a high tech start-up company, a college professor, an entrepreneur, and a psychotherapist. He has married, helped raise children (his own and others), lived abroad, been widowed twice, and retired. Kenneth holds certifications in the Body Centered Transformation work of Gay and Katlyn Hendricks, and in the Enneagram approach of Kathy Hurley and Theodorre Donson. He is an authorized facilitator for the Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging program and has been involved with Jungian psychology for more than forty years.